CRA’s members – more than 180 congregations of Sisters, Brothers and Religious Priests – are involved in a range of ministries in Australia and overseas. Their ministries include working in parishes, with asylum seekers and refugees, indigenous Australians, caring for creation, aged care, supporting victims of domestic violence, prison ministries, with people with a mental illness, homeless people, and in a range of ministries with people on the margins of society. Some of those ministries are highlighted here.
The love for the elderly by the Little Sisters of the Poor is captivating for both Catholic and non-Catholic visitors to witness as they continue the inspiration of their founder St Jeanne Jugan who encouraged them to ‘make the elderly happy’. Today they need help to build more independent living units to keep caring for its residents as a family, writes Christine Diamond.
Loreto Sister Diaan Stuart will soon open the Loreto Garaic-uai School, which has taken her on a nine-year journey travelling around schools in East Timor and educating the teaching community in a more modern approach to education, writes Paul Dobbyn.
As Australians continue to count the cost, including 31 women killed so far in 2015, McAuley Community Services for Women is preparing its submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence in partnership with the Sisters of Mercy.
Daniel Giles reflects on his own experience of the Marist Community, which welcomed him warmly, in contrast to his painful experiences of engaging with others as a person with autism. This community inspired him to receive the sacraments of Confirmation and the First Eucharist and to live out God’s love to others.
At the Mercy House of Welcome in Adelaide, a Jewish couple teaches English to Muslim asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Iran, Sudan, Burma, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, working as volunteers with Catholic Sisters and Christian volunteers in supporting Muslim asylum seekers fleeing persecution.
A new chapter has begun in the life of historic Mamre House at Orchard Hills with the ministry of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta now integrated into CatholicCare Social Services Diocese of Parramatta, reports Catholic Outlook.